A Thousand Splendid Suns, 2007 - Information about the Book
- The title is from a seventeenth-century poem by Saib-e-Tabrizi, which sings the praises of the ancient and cultured city of Kabul.
- Meaning of the names: Tariq (ta-REEK): name of a star, evening caller; Laila (LIE-lah): born at night, night beauty; Maryam (MAYR-ee-um): Arabic form of Mary, uncertain, maybe bitter; Rasheed (rah-SHEED): rightly guided, wise; Aziza (ah-ZEE-zah): powerful, beloved; Zalmai (ZAHL-my): youthful
- Khaled Hosseini discusses A Thousand Splendid Suns. He reads a short dramatic piece from the book and then answers questions about writing the book and about women in Afghanistan which the book explores.
- Khaled Hosseini talks about Afghanistan and "A Thousand Splendid Suns." PBS; June 15, 2007 (listen, transcript)
- Hosseini talks about the novel. C-SPAN2; May 24, 2007 (Real 56:27)
- Hosseini introduces the novel. Amazon; May 22, 2007 (Real 6:07)